Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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There’s a spicy signature to this incredibly complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while the palate is vinous with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, - MAY 15, 2009
Clear orange colour with a small beige head. malty, light caramel sweet aroma with notes of fruit. Light caramel sweet flavor with fruity notes. Light dry, bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 11/19/2007 Total Score: 2.8
Orange, Amber colour with a beige head. Fruity, light sweet aroma with hoppy light floral notes. Malty, fruity and light caramel sweet flavor with a light dry hoppy and bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TychoJames (174) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Flaska från systembolaget. Bärnstensfärgad med smutsvitt skum. Doft av kavring och örter. Smått sträv smak. Lite torr i truten. Besk med örter och fikon

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fombe89 (30) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2014
Botella. Mercadilo Nadideño de Gijon, puesto Deutschland . ........ 13/02/2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tonimeister (15) - Orahovica, CROATIA - DEC 16, 2014
coffee, grass, basement aromas, alcohol, woody, amber, sparkling, minimal head, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, long finish, average carbonation, thick feel, medium body,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NallePalle (153) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle 500 ml. Overall nice ale, great taste, complex aroma and gentle finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
terrybail (670) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
500ml bottle from the LCBO pours a clear dark copper good sized frothy head nice lacing alcohol and dried fruit aroma spicy dry finish pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4053) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 10, 2014
I really love the fact that Hrabren rated this one before me (cheers mate!). :D As he said. Drunk on a tram station, waiting for a night bus. We bothered to get a clear plastic glass for the appearance rating, so that’s completely pro FFS. Fucking expensive, 4 Euros for 0.5l or something like that, supposedly on a sale. Right. Had to chose between this and Rocking Rudolph, got this. Probably a good choice. It poured a slightly darker amber-brown body with a slightly off white head, thick and relatively big. Aroma... ummm... vague smoked meat, malty, vaguely nutty, sweetish, slightly strange. Taste... dried apricots, sweetish, vague orange perhaps, malty overall. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Not unpleasant really, but beers at that price are supposed to be much more thrilling in my opinion... In any case, you can do much worse than this. Still overpriced though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hrabren (57) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 10, 2014
0.5 bottle from Konzum, shared it with a dear friend (thanks, Marko). Drank from a plastic cup on a tram station, like the real men do. Pours light amber with a very strong almost white head. Spicy aroma. Some smoke, dried fruits, plum and raisins. Honey and biscuits. Alcohol notes, dried fruit sweetness. You can feel it?s strength, nice sweet finish. I?m drunk, but I can?t say it?s bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rehkopff (13) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2014
Ikke megen aroma. Lidt bitter og passer bedst til lidt fed, salt mad. Meget maltet og ikke særlig juleagtig. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdleder (193) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2014
50 cl. flaske. 7,0 % . Maghogni farvet juleøl med beskedent lyst skum. Acceptabel med en smule bitterhed. Ikke den bedste juleøl

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheFoamhead (80) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2014
This christmas ale has a very expressive (and agressive) hop taste. It dominates all the other flavors, but normally you would like to be these type of beers a bit sweeter, fuller bodied and heavier. Nevertheless, it’s quite complex with hints of raisins and it’s spicy bitterness that lasts long on your palate.

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